With this sketch, I simply wanted to loosen up a bit, not be so rigid, and try to let myself go and have a little fun with the sketch. I’m not sure that I achieved the look I wanted, but, any attempt is better than no attempt at all.
I really want to get to the point where I am able to convey movement and energy within a sketch. I am trying to work towards a more interpretive result rather than a strict attempt to copy only what the eye physically sees. I want to be able to produce art that conveys artistic expression as well.
So, please bear with me…I may experience some growing pains along the way, but, it should be fun!
This sketch was created on 9″x12″ Strathmore Toned Tan paper using 2H, HB, 6B, white colored pencil, Tombow Mono Zero Eraser.
Thanks for viewing my work, I hope you have a great day! – Mike
I feel that I missed fully coveying this gentleman’s laughter. Somehow I have rendered him somewhere between laughter and anguish. The reference photo clearly conveys laughter, so, I do apologize for failing to convey this gentleman’s full emotion.
None the less, this was a fun sketch. The photo reference I used is by photographer Mary Isabelle. More of her fantastic work can be found on her 500px profile page.
So, I have seen a lot of really impressive art based on Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker character from Batman in the 2008 movie The Dark Knight. Mr. Legder’s portrayal of the Joker is considered one of the best performances of his unfortunately short career.
I decided to give the character a go myself. I used a still image taken from the movie as a reference.
I created this sketch in my Strathmore Toned Tan Sketchbook (5.5″ x 8.5″), using 2H, HB, 6H, Charcoal Powder, Tombow Mono Zero Eraser, & a white colored pencil.
Something I’ve been trying lately for large areas of shading is charcoal powder. I create the powder by rubbing a soft piece of vine charcoal on sandpaper. This produces a fine powder, I then use a cosmetic brush to spread the powder onto the paper and gradually rub the powder into the paper. This produces a consistent tone with soft edges. This method may be fairly common, but, it’s new to me.
As promised in my previous post, I would like to introduce Charlie.
Like many of my recent sketch subjects, I met Charlie on Pinterest. At first, I didn’t realize he had a name at all, but, the more time I spent with him, a persona started to emerge or was I actually projecting my own hidden persona onto him. Who really knows.
Seriously though, the reference image I used for this sketch is the creation of Alex Vasin, an extremely talented 3d artist from Ukraine.
This sketch was created using 2H, HB, 6B pencils, and a Tombow Mono Zero eraser.
I wasn’t planning on bringing this subject up initially, however, I would appreciate your feedback. If you follow my blog you may have noticed that I have been going to Pinterest quite often lately for reference images. Nearly all of my sketches are a close copy of the reference image with very little deviation. I typically choose a reference image that is either a photograph or sculpture (digital or real). I do this so I am not making a direct copy of someone’s work in the same medium. I always do my best to give credit to the original artist whenever possible and never try to claim the work as an original of my own creation.
What I would like your opinions on is whether I am crossing or blurring the lines of any eithical boundaries. My sketches are only posted here and occasionally on Instagram. I sketch for my own pleasure, and never intend to profit from these sketches.
I would appreciate any thoughts you would like to share.
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day – Mike
So, yeah, I’ve drawing the creepy stuff again. Just to draw something a bit out of the norm. I’m not even sure what this guy is supposed to be…a vampire, I guess.
He appears to be a little aggressive, even angry, but this guy is a picture of health compared to my current work in progress. I should be posting “Charlie” (as I’ve begun to refer to him) in the next few days.
I used a photo of a sculpture that I found on Pinterest as a reference. Unfortunately, the pin I used did not lead to a valid URL so I’m not sure who the original artist is.
2H, HB, & 4B pencils were used to create this sketch.
This past week was a good week for sketching. I’m still making good use of my morning’s and putting marks on paper. Starting the day with such a focused activity seems to “jump start” my creativity and center my mind.
I have been trying to loosen my sketching “style “. Style may be a strong word as I feel that I haven’t actually discovered my style yet, but, I’m enjoying the process. I hope to one day get to the point were my sketches convey more energy and movement. For now, though, I am pleased with my progress. I’m taking a “no pressure” attitude and approach to my art.
Today, I’m sharing a page from my everyday sketchbook/journal. On this page, I simply drew a few faces from reference. The layout is a bit haphazard and perhaps not the best composition but, I was simply making marks at the time.
Thank you for reading my words and viewing my art. – Mike
So, one of the blogs I follow posted a photo of this monkey with a subtle, yet unusual, expression recently.
The monkey’s expression had a slight “I’m going to take over the world” look and I knew I wanted to capture his expression in a sketch. So, I reached out to the photographer and asked permission to use his photo as a reference for this sketch. He was very willing to give me permission, and I was very appreciative of his generosity.
The photographer that “got the shot” is Rabirius. He is a digital artist and photographer. He is certainly talented and I simply insist that you pay his site a visit, you won’t be disappointed. Click here to view the original photo.
This sketch was created on Strathmore Toned Tan paper using 2H, HB, 4B, 6B, & a white colored pencil. I also used a bit of charcoal powder.
When I finished this portrait..it just didn’t feel complete
This portrait is based on a reference photo I saved over a year ago. For some reason, I just kept on skipping over it when I would search my saved images for a photo reference.
Then I began to have an interest in doing a sketch with a blue colored pencil. I’m not sure why it just appealed to me. So, I thought this would be the perfect time to dust off the neglected reference and put it to use.
To be honest, I was initially disappointed with this sketch, I felt like the proportions were off (and they are) but, that is also what prompted me to continue to experiment, and I’m glad I did. I felt like it needed something…something distinctive, unique, edgy. So, I added the tattoos.
It’s just more sketchbook experimentation really. I occasionally catch myself starting to value my sketchbook too much…like it’s something precious that can only contain “quality” work. So, I have to remind myself how that type of thinking is really a detriment to my development as an artist.
I have to remind myself…My Sketchbook = Artistic Freedom
I realize this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and I get it. But, sometimes I just need a break from the norm and want to draw something that’s a little on the creepy side.
It’s funny, I’m not a horror fan, I don’t like horror movies or mindless gore. But, occasionally I just want to draw something like this, maybe I’m just weird.
This was sketched over the weekend, I used a photo of a clay model that I found on Pinterest as a reference. Unfortunately, I didn’t save the pin and now I am unable to find it to give credit to the original artist. I do apologize.
2H, HB, & 4B pencils were used to create this sketch.
I’m continuing to sketch each morning…and sometimes evenings too!
I am thankful that I have pickup up my pens and pencils and began making marks again. There is something about this nearly meditative activity that I find so relaxing. Once I get into the “flow state” time seems to pass unnoticed, my mind releases any retained stress and I focus solely on the subject.
This past week I was introduced to the work of Ahmed Aldoori. He is the artist behind the 100 Heads Challenge. This is a challenge to draw 100 heads in 10 days. I’m not participating in the challenge, but, researching the challenge led me to his Pinterest where he has a board of reference images dedicated to the challenge. The selected images are wonderful references and I would recommend any of my readers to check it out if they are interested.
The sketch below is from one of his reference images, I will definitely be doing more!
This sketch was created using 2H, HB, 4B, Tombow Mono Zero eraser, & kneaded eraser.
I started out sketching a Gorilla portrait, but…I’m not sure if that’s what I ended with?
I just don’t feel that I really captured the gorilla the way I intended to. Something seems a little off to me. Perhaps the lower portion of the face it a bit too narrow or the jawline is too square. I’m not sure what it is…
None the less, he was fun to draw. He kept my pen moving and my mind focused for a while.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this sketch.
I’m continuing to sketch daily, my mornings this past week were spent working on this lion portrait.
I used a reference photo from Pixabay, I was drawn to the confidence and strength that could be sensed in this lion’s gaze. I began with a light pencil underdrawing and then continued to develop this sketch using pencils.
I have noticed that my choice of media tends to fluctuate between graphite and ink. Currently, I seem to be in a graphite mood. Sometimes I just simply enjoy the additional tones that can be achieved with graphite vs. ink.
Truthfully, I don’t know if my next sketch will be with graphite or ink. I usually don’t decide until after to underdrawing is complete whether I will switch over to ink pens or continue using pencils. It’s just whatever strikes me at the time.
This sketch was created using 2H, 4B, 6B, & a Tombow Mono Zero Eraser.
Of all animals, the outward form of the Lion is the most striking ; his look is bold and confident; his gait proud; and his voice terrible ; and from his great strength and agility, is usually styled the king of beasts.
The subject of this sketch was previously featured as a photography post. Some of you may remember The Green and Grungy Monster that I published a few months ago. At the time of posting the original photography, one of my longtime followers suggested that it would make a good drawing and I agreed.
So in an effort to try something different I sketched my favorite shot of this old pickup. To me, the styling on the front of this truck is what makes it an interesting subject.
I must admit that sketching a man-made object, for me at least, is more difficult than sketching a portrait or a natural object. In my opinon, a portrait or natural object can be more forgiving as far as geometry, symmetry, or straight lines are concerned. When sketching an automobile or structure you have to be very aware of symmetry, perspective, etc. If not, a sketch can turn to rubbish in a hurry!
Another sketch from this week… this one was a real blast to create!
My original intent was for this sketch to be created with pen and ink. However, once I completed the pencil outline I was really liking the direction the sketch was taking. So, I decided to stick with pencil and continue to develop the sketch.
This sketch was created using 6H, 4B, 9xxB, Tombow Mono Zero Eraser, kneaded eraser, & a white Gelly Roll pen for eye highlights.